Issue brief

Leveraging Findings from OST Research and Practice to Lessen COVID-19 Learning Gaps

This issue brief explores how COVID-related school closures are likely to effect children’s academic progress, access to resources, and overall health and wellbeing and how systemic inequities exacerbate the impact for some groups. It then offers evidence-based recommendations for supporting children holistically by: (1) providing structure, (2) focusing on social-emotional learning, and (3) prioritizing health, wellness, and safety. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Reinvent vs. Rebuild: Let's Fix the Child Care System

This issue brief outlines steps that public and private sector leaders can guide a comeback effort and build back better following COVID-19.

Five Reasons Stabilizing Child Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic is Critically Important for Families and the Economy

This issue brief sets forth five reasons why stabilizing child care needs to be at the heart of the economic recovery discussion. The importance of child care for working families and for child health and well-being underscores the importance of financial support that will insure equal access to high quality and culturally competent care. This brief can be a helpful resource for afterschool and summer programs that are reaching out for financial support. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Supporting Home-Based Child Care Providers During the Coronavirus Crisis

This issue brief provides recommendations for how to best support home-based child care providers during COVID-19, recognizing that this is an especially important part of the supply right now, and was already seeing instability and a decline in providers. These recommendations identify ways to improve financial sustainability, protect the health and well-being of providers and children, and ways to receive and share information. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs and Systems in Reopening and Rebuilding

This issue brief explores how afterschool and summer programs and systems are well positioned to be strong partners in supporting children and families as things reopen during the pandemic. It focuses on the field's ability to provide safe, relationship-rich environments where we can respond to trauma, be trusted partners for families and communities, and provide connections to resources schools and families need. Included are links to frameworks for a whole-child approach as schools reopen and strategies for what OST programs and schools can do to prepare.

The Nonprofit Survival Guide: Coronavirus Edition

This is a user-friendly guide for providing leadership in these uncertain times, including sections on how to lead well, where to find savings, and how to talk to your donors, and how to find growth opportunities. It also includes a good discussion with Brett Hagler from New Story on how to build trust, display competence, and do budgeting and fundraising. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Navigating the Transition to Kindergarten and School-Age Care

The transition to kindergarten is an important milestone in a young child’s life. While this transition is often accompanied by much excitement and anticipation, it can also bring uncertainty and anxiety as children face changes on multiple levels. The range of reactions felt by children also affects their parents and caregivers, as they think about the changes that lie ahead and work with their children to prepare for the transition.

Leave Them Wanting More!: Engaging Youth in Afterschool

This issue brief explores youth engagement in out-of-school time through a review of studies on out-of-school time attendance and participation by middle and high school students. It identifies promising practices for cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional engagement that are essential for achieving positive outcomes. It includes program-level examples from four states.  

Evaluations Backgrounder: A Summary of Formal Evaluations of Afterschool Programs’ Impact on Academics, Behavior, Safety and Family Life

This updated issue brief provides a summary of key evaluations on the impact of after school programs. It focuses on academic outcomes, school attendance, student behavior, and parental concerns about student safety. For ease of use, so system builders and grant writers can easily access information, the evaluation findings of individual studies are summarized both in a narrative report and in a summary chart, divided thematically into academic outcomes and behavioral outcomes of evaluations from 2000-2014.

Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool

This issue brief highlights the important role of afterschool and summer programs in developing the skills youth need to be successful in today’s workforce, in particular, their role in enhancing competencies that employers often say are missing such as skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, and technology. Afterschool programs can also help youth discover new interests and explore different professions and the brief includes many innovative examples.